Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Starving for Justice

Mental illness and life in jail are two of the toughest topics for reporters to tackle. Access to information isn't always easy and sources can be unreliable. But in "Out of Sight," Alicia Gallegos of the South Bend Tribune overcomes these obstacles to reveal how one mentally ill man suffered before dying in jail. With the help of photographer Marcus Marter, Gallegos tells the story of Nicholas Rice, a 22-year-old schizophrenic who died of malnutrition and dehydration while locked in a county jail. Her six-part series skillfully mixes investigative reporting techniques with a serial narrative writing approach.
Thanks to Brian Summers for pointing me to this story. Below are the links to the six parts of this series.


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